By Richard Animam
Super Eagles woeful outing against Greece in the teamâ€™s second Group B game on Thursday in the on-going World Cup in South Africa brought to the fore again, the naked truth about the situation of football in Nigeria.
Since 1994, when Nigeria appeared at the World Cup finals for the first time and made a bold impression, the country has since failed to regain her rightful place among footballing nations.
Port Harcourt- based lawyer and ex-Green Eagles winger,Â Adokie Amiesimaka has constantly harped on the need to look inwards in solving the problem but his comments and newspaper articles have constantly been seen as too harsh and most times unpatriotic.
Amiesimaka criticised the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) for hiring a foreign coach when they have a local coach who can do better, after they fired Shaibu Amodu, but they never listened. He constantly told Nigerians that Lagerback had nothing to offer but the NFA said he was â€˜theirâ€™ messiah.
After watching the Eagles lose to Greece, a feat that gave Greece their first World Cup win, Amiesimaka was simply livid.
â€œWhy on earth did Lagerback take Obafemi Martins and Nwankwo Kanu to South Africa, if he knew he was not going to use them. I have said it over and over again, we do not need a foreign coach. Please Patrick Ekeji should explain to Nigerians why they hired Lagerback. Samson Siasia could have done better than the Swede whom they wasted millions of naira on.
Siasiaâ€™s Olympic team is better that the present Eagles. Even Amodu and Austin Equavoen who Lagerback turned into a ball boy could have done better. I can confidently tell you that Samson Siasia is better than 10 Lagerbacks put together.
I do not know why the NFA is bent on killing football in Nigeria.Â They have constantly proven that they do not have any idea of how to develop football.
The former Sharks of Port Harcourt FC chairman, could not come to terms with the attitude of some of the Eagles players, who played as if they had nothing at stake. He described as â€˜stupidâ€™ Kaitaâ€™s challenge that led to the red card and singled out Vincent Enyeama as the player who truly behaved like a professional player.
â€œThe only person who behaved like a professional player was Vincent Enyeama. What on earth was on Kaitaâ€™s mind. It baffles me that a foreign based player could behave like thatâ€, he said.
Amiesimaka was furious at the way Greece made a fool of the Eagles, describing the team as the worst Eagles team ever.